This morning I went with a friend to see a field of sunflowers not far from where we live. The field has attracted alot of social media attention and it looked so beautiful we thought it was worth a visit.
They were so beautiful and there were lots of people there admiring them and lots of children butterfly-spotting.
There is also a wildflower area, planted to attract pollinators and it was just teeming with insects, bees and butterflies (it was a warm sunny morning today).
The farm is on the outskirts of a little village in Co Antrim called Portglenone and there are information and directions are available on the NI Explorer website.
There is a £2 charge per adult (£1 for children I think) and the money raised is donated to charity (Macmillan).
There is a short window to see the flowers so if you want to visit better get there soon!
Just listening to some Aretha and thought of this so had to share. Enjoy!
European Black Slug on tufted vetch (I think)
Soul Sisters by Bob Quinn
At the end of June my brother and I were lucky enough to get a chance to go and see a fabulous sculpture exhibition that was held at the fabulous Culloden Hotel just outside Belfast. I had read about the exhibition somewhere and we both were free so off we went after dropping the boys off to school.
The Letter by Bob Quinn with fabulous views over the lough.
We made a quick detour to IKEA as it was on the way. We just had a quick look around the homeware section downstairs as the main reason for visiting was to try the vegan hotdogs (brother is a vegan). We both tried one and they were tasty and at less than a pound (I can’t remember exactly how much they cost), very good value. He thought they were so nice he went back and got another one lol. So, breakfast eaten, we headed to the Culloden.
The main event was fabulous. It was a beautiful bright, sunny and hot day which totally enhanced our visit. The Culloden is a 5 star hotel and spa on the outskirts of Belfast, on the way to Bangor, so it is easily accessible. It is in a beautiful location with fantastic views out to Belfast Lough and the grounds are beautiful so it made a fantastic setting for a sculpture exhibition.
Sanctuary by Bob Quinn
There were lots of exhibits and they were well spaced out throughout the grounds so we were able to get a good uninterrupted look at them all.
Since writing this post I think my favourite artist exhibiting was Bob Quinn. Unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch far enough to purchase one. Maybe one day ..
Where we go to in Donegal is very much off the beaten track and is right beside the sea. There are no shops or supermarkets nearby. There are no pubs or restaurants nearby. There is no electricity or WiFi.
There are, however, wildflowers and insects. There are hermit crabs and jellyfish.
I love it there and completely switch off, relax and explore. We often hear about how important the connection with nature is for our mental health. I get that connction there in bucketloads.
I was there at the weekend and here are some photos.